Roxsana Hernandez, 33

San Diego, California
October 03, 2013

Agencies: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Cause of death: Shooting

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When 33-year-old Roxsana Hernandez, a transgender woman from Honduras, made the decision to flee her home country with a caravan of Central American asylum seekers last spring, she had dreams of opening up a salon in the U.S., where she would be free from persecution and able to send money back home to her family. 

Her dreams were quickly cut short, however, with the 33-year-old dying within two weeks of being taken into the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

ICE had previously told Newsweek that the 33-year-old transgender woman, who was HIV-positive when she presented herself at the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego in May, had died that same month of cardiac arrest after showing "symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV."

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